Java Runtime Environment 7 Update 55

Java software allows you to run applications called "applets" that are written in the Java programming language. These applets allow you to have a much richer experience online than simply interacting with static HTML pages.

Java Plug-in technology, included as part of the Java  Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (JRE), establishes a connection between popular browsers and the Java platform. Java allows applications to be downloaded over a network and run within a guarded sandbox. Security restrictions are easily imposed on the sandbox. Many cross platform applications also require Java to operate properly.

Download 32-bit: Java Runtime Environment 7 Update 55 | 27.8 MB (Freeware)
Download 64-bit: Java Runtime Environment 7 Update 55 | 29.4 MB
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For those who are unfamiliar with Java, the reason it hasn't been put on yet is they tend to wait a few months after the release before moving it over. More than likely to bug test it more as well as give developers time to fix any issues that might occur with Java 8.

Suddenly signed applications have stopped running!
Java 7 u51 caused permissions errors due to missing jar manifest values.

Fixed via adding:
<attribute name="Codebase" value="*"/>
<attribute name="Permissions" value="all-permissions"/>
<attribute name="Application-Name" value="My Application"/>
<attribute name="Application-Library-Allowable-Codebase" value="*"/>

Java 7 u55 and Java 8 u5 does not work:
"The Java security settings prevented this application from running. You may change this behavior in the Java Control Panel."

Without changing the Security Settings... is there a way to bypass this dialog?

Dot Matrix said,
What do we say to deploying Java? "Not today."

What do we say here? Not ever!!

So far and luckily for me, I have NEVER had a need for this junkware!!

It's a toss up as to which is worse as far as a program that you love to hate but sometimes have to have, between Adobes flash player and this thing!

Yeah I feel the same on Patch Tuesday when there are yet more updates for Windows. .NET, Office and Visual Studio. Damn these companies for improving their products with security and bug fixes!

I think it's still in beta or something... Only reason I say that is because they make you find it on the website and the usually install methods are still at 7...

Studio384 said,
It is, but that's not a reason to stop supporting version 7, as it's the latest version that runs on XP.

People shouldn't be running XP.*

Raa said,

People shouldn't be running XP.*

You should also include the other ms oses like Win2k,NT,Win9x. it's not limited to XP though. You can run XP though you should use caution when running it.

Top Qat said,
I thought Java was up to version 8 now.
It's what I use for my son's Minecraft server.

Why is Java 8 not available on

Java 8 is the latest release for Java that contains new features, enhancements and bug fixes to improve efficiency to develop and run Java programs.

The new release of Java is first made available to developers to ensure no major problems are found before we make it available on the website for end users to download. If you are interested in trying Java 8 it can be downloaded from

Studio384 said,
It is, but that's not a reason to stop supporting version 7, as it's the latest version that runs on XP.

AFAIK they said they will release updates for the older version publicly for at least a year after a new version is released. After that companies can pay Oracle for additional support.

Studio384 said,
It is, but that's not a reason to stop supporting version 7, as it's the latest version that runs on XP.

Java 8 runs without a hitch on XP. Running it myself. The INSTALLER will fail due to a missing something or another that's only on NT 6. Don't remember exactly what it is.

Anyways. all you need is the jre1.8.x.x.msi and You just install it on any NT6 version and then just copy those installation files to the XP system. They are kept somewhere in the profiles folder. Don''t feel like firing up my VM to say exactly where.